Lady Panthers off at the races


Region – Marlborough High's girls track program went where none have ever gone before. The Lady Panthers set a new state Class B record for the girls distance medley relay competing at the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Division 2 Relays at Boston's Reggie Lewis Center Jan. 13.

The Panthers team of Cathy Whithers, Lauren Papalia, Brianna Kunycky and Ally Oram completed the race in 12 minutes, 38.46 seconds, besting the old state record by eight seconds.

"They collectively ran as a championship relay team," Marlborough coach Mark Vital said. "Each of them knew what they had to do and they did it."

In the distance medley, four runners run relay style at distances of 400 meters (Papalia), 800 meters (Kunycky), mile (Oram) and 1,200 meters (Withers).

The Marlborough relay team outdistanced runnerup Natick High by 20 seconds to defeat the 31-team field. The Panthers broke the mark previously held by Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.

The girls in these relays ran in several championship relays last year including the states, New England and National Scholastic Meet in New York City. Vital said they are running with great confidence and a winning mentality.

This year's Panthers have qualified for a pair of national meets including the Nike Nationals in Landover, Md., and the National Scholastics Indoor Meet in New York, both in mid-March.

Vital obviously enjoys coaching this team.

"I am blessed to know these girls, to coach them daily and to sit back at meets and watch in awe," he said. Marlborough Youth



Forget about those frigid temps, it is time to think spring sports. Marlborough Youth Baseball/Softball and Babe Ruth are conducting registration. All registrations before Friday Feb. 1 receive a discount off the regular rates.

The deadline for youth baseball registrations is Friday Feb. 22 and youth softball is Friday Feb. 8. For more information, including all fees, check out the websites at www.myba.org, www. marlborogirlssoftball.com and www.495baberuth.org. Information is also available through the Marlborough Recreational Department at 508-624-0499.

Pioneers take

coaches title

St. John's won the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Division 1 relay championship Jan. 19 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. St. John's scored 43 points, defeating runner-up Newton North by five points. The Pioneers were the only Central Mass. team among the 19 teams that scored points in the meet.

There was plenty of suspense because the Pioneers didn't wrap up the title until their win in the final relay of the day, the 1,600-meter relay, where St. John's defeated Newton North, with the four Pioneers covering the distance in 3:37.57.

St. John's also won the 4×400-meter relay, again over runner-up Newton North, and the 4×50-yard shuttle hurdles.

Send mail and sports ideas to ronwoodcock@charter.net.

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